Peter Parker is your everyday, nerdy high-school senior but, during one seemingly uneventful field-trip to a genetics laboratory, he is bitten by a genetically engineered “super spider”. Shortly after suffering ill effects, he wakes to discover that his previously dreadful vision is better than 20/20 and his originally thin and wimpy body has metamorphosed into a more muscular and superior build. He later discovers that his body is going through even more changes: superhuman speed and strength, the ability to stick to surfaces, quickened reflexes and a heightened ability to sense danger (later dubbed spider-sense) which enables him avoid injury during a confrontation with his high-school’s leading bully—but, annoyingly, the spider-sense is seldom used again. Tobey Maguire, though not whom I would have chosen to play Peter Parker if I had been in charge, pulls it off well.
J.K. Simmons plays J. Jonah Jameson, the constantly angry editor of The Daily Bugle who is persistently trying to make Spider-Man look as bad as possible, and is responsible for naming the Green Goblin and aggravating Spider-Man.Willem Dafoe does a magnificent job of portraying Norman Osborn, a scientist and owner of Oscorp, who attempts to preserve his company's important military contract. He willingly experiments on himself with a untested performance-enhancing chemical vapour which should drastically improve his speed, strength, and stamina; though it works, it induces moments of insanity as his humaner self is taken over by a psychotic mass-murderer to be known as the Green Goblin.
Spider-Man is, for the most part, a typical comic-based superhero movie; but, like in Stan Lee’s “Spider-Man” comics, has a large focus on Peter, on his everyday life, and on his transition from a smart and nerdy high-school kid to a smart and nerdy but incredibly strong adult with a rather pure heart and strong sense of justice and responsibility.
7 out of 10